The main point of your resume is to showcase your experience, skills, and education in a way that makes you attractive to employers. It also showcases your personality and makes you stand out from other applicants.
The best resumes are not one size fits all. Resumes should be tailored to the position for which you are applying. For example, if you are applying for a teaching position at an elementary school, the requirements may be different than those for a high school position.
Your resume should highlight your strengths and relevance to the position for which you are applying. Showcasing your abilities and skills will help draw in the attention of an employer.
List all of your qualifications for the job
Finding a teaching job is hard, even when you have the right resume. Creating a great resume takes time and effort, especially if you are not familiar with formatting and writing one.
As a teacher, you already have most of the requirements for the job! You know how to teach most subjects, you know how to manage a classroom, and you know how to keep students engaged.
However, in order to make your resume stand out, you should also list any coursework or experience you have with teaching children specific subjects, teaching different age groups, and any extra-curricular activities you have mentored people in your field.
Having some professional experience as a teacher is also important to include on your resume. How do you get this professional experience? Volunteer!
There are many schools and organizations that need teachers so they can teach children material. By volunteering, you are not only helping someone out but also getting professional experience yourself. You can then put this on your resume to add some value.
Make sure to include your credentials
A key part of any resume is your educational history. Whether you are a graduate student or have been in the field for years, including your educational background is important.
The main points to include on your resume for a teacher resume are your degree, field of study, any awards you received, internship experience, and level of teaching experience.
If you are a graduate student, then add the name of the program you are in and when you will receive your degree. If you have past teaching experience or other jobs that relate to the position you are applying for, add those as well.
It is important to showcase your skills rather than just your education. Formate your education section so it looks similar to other elements on your resume.
Add any awards or accolades you have received
Awards, accolades, and nominations are a great way to add value to your resume. If you have received any awards for your teaching skills, for example, the “Best Teacher” award from your school five years ago, then you should include that on your resume.
Academy Awards nominees are required to list any awards or nominations they have received on their resumes. Since this is a standard requirement for most Hollywood professionals, it only makes sense to include awards and nominations on your resume.
Nominations can come in several forms. You may have received an award for “Best Teacher” but it could have come from the school board, the district or even the state so it is technically a nomination from a higher authority than you.
Either way, it shows that you are good at your job and that you deserve recognition.
Make sure to highlight any language proficiency you have
A skills section is an often-used section on many resumes.
However, teachers should include a language proficiency section, as many schools require
certain languages for their teaching positions. For example, most middle school and high school
teachers must know Spanish.
Many teachers gain these skills through personal experience or through university courses. Personal experience is also a great way to prove you have the skills. If you have traveled to a country and learned the language, then put that on your resume! You could also take courses at local universities or through online platforms to learn new languages.
Include any volunteer work that you have done that is related to the job
If you have experience as a teacher, childcare provider, or mentor, include this information in your resume.
As a teacher, you will be given classroom lessons to teach children of all ages. These lessons can range from reading to math to social studies to life skills.
You will be expected to keep the children engaged and coming back week after week. You will have to keep track of their progress and what they need to work on.
Make sure your formatting is correct and clear
A mistake many people make is leaving their formatting until the end. You can see how this would be a problem- you would have to retype all of your information onto a new document to change the format.
Resumes are written in a specific format, and if yours does not look like the standard format, then it will look unprofessional.
The standard resume format is organized into six main sections: contact information, career history, education, special skills and/or qualifications, personal information, and references.
The first section includes your name, address, phone number(s) (including cell phone and/or wireless phone numbers), email address(es) and any website addresses you would like to provide. Some employers scan your resume into their computer system so they can review your qualifications as they discuss you with you. If this is the case, make sure your contact information is clear and concise.
The second section lists your career history with job title(s), company name(s) and location(s) for each position you held.
Double check your spelling
Resume is the first impression you will make to your potential employer. That is why it is very important to make sure your resume is flawless.
Even little mistakes like misspelled words can mean the difference between an interview invitation and a rejection letter. Even though you have all the relevant education and experience, if your resume is not well-written, you will not get the job.
You should read your resume several times before you submit it. Get someone else to read it too, and ask them if they understand what you are writing, as well as if there are any mistakes. Here are some tips on how to make a good teacher resume:
Make sure your education section highlights your certificates and/or degrees, not just the institution that awarded them to you. Include any scholarship funds that you received along with your tuition costs. List any teaching experiences or other related jobs that relate to your career goal.
Make sure you have a professional profile picture ready to go
Having a professional profile picture is also important. Many sites now ask you to put your picture in their profile as a way to identify yourself.
Having your picture in your teacher profile is also a must. Students need to be able to recognize you and associate you with information they receive from you.
Having a professional photo taken is the best option. If you do not have money to spend on this, then take it yourself in appropriate attire and an appropriate setting. Try to avoid anything that is too cute or creative, as that can diminish your authority.
It is also important to make sure that your physical appearance is neat and clean. This shows that you take care of yourself and your teaching skills, which gives you credibility.